Bucs have three turnovers and still lead 21-16 at halftime

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The Buccaneers had three first half turnovers, two of which came deep in their own end of the field to hand the Cowboys short fields and nine points. Yet, Tampa Bay still leads at halftime.

Tom Brady threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and the Bucs took a 21-16 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Brady’s touchdowns went for 5 yards to Chris Godwin, 2 yards to Rob Gronkowski and 47 yards to Antonio Brown. Brown torched Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown for four catches and 118 yards.

Brady had two interceptions, but both need an asterisk. One came on a screen play that was set up perfectly and executed poorly when the pass bounced off Leonard Fournette‘s hands and into Trevon Diggs. Brady also threw a pick to Jourdan Lewis on a Hail Mary to end the half.

Ronald Jones lost a fumble as DeMarcus Lawrence punched it out and Randy Gregory recovered it to set up a five-play, 27-yard Cowboys’ touchdown drive. Amari Cooper scored on a 5-yard pass from Dak Prescott.

Fournette’s dropped ball, which led to Diggs’ interception at the Tampa Bay 21, came on the Bucs’ next snap. The Cowboys gained only 4 yards on three plays, settling for a Greg Zuerlein 35-yard field goal. It gave Dallas a 16-14 lead that lasted all of 38 seconds before Antonio Brown’s score.

Zuerlein, who didn’t kick in training camp after back surgery, has missed a 31-yard field goal wide left and an extra point off the left upright.

In his first game since Oct. 11, and coming off a shoulder injury that kept him from throwing most of training camp, Prescott has looked as good as new. He is 23-of-32 for 224 yards and two touchdowns. CeeDee Lamb has a 22-yard touchdown catch among his four receptions for 58 yards.

10 responses to “Bucs have three turnovers and still lead 21-16 at halftime

  1. Well it’s tough to win in this league when you’re one dimensional…Did the Cowboys bring any RBs with them to Tampa…or were they planning on forcing their injured QB to throw 80 times…?

  2. Next time Amari Cooper claims he’s the best WR in the league, I’m throwing some $$$ his way on fantasy for 100 yards ++ game. He’s looking like he supposed to look tonight..

  3. Turnovers eventually do come back to bite a team. May not be this game or the next but those checks eventually get cashed. I realize there is a ton of Bucs hype but they still have to play the games.

  4. Dallas kicker might be looking for a job after tonight. Missing FGs and XP is one thing but if you can’t kick it through the end zone that is not good. Field position is everything here and he is killing Dallas with his leg.

  5. What is with Bucs players removing their helmets on the field? One player spiked his on the field. Should have been 15 yards….

  6. Looks like Tampa’s defense has taken a step back from last season. Mac Jones is going to feast in week 4.

  7. Cowboys are better than last year BUT If tampa did not cough up the ball so much, the cowboys would have been out of the game early!

  8. Agree Greg the Leg might be looking but frankly it all came down to the last drive and a CLEAR OPI that of course wasn’t called. That was so clear … folks at least make the Bucs look like they have to work for it. But the bigger story for me is that they were 8.5 point favorites and while they likely should have lost outright (against a mediocre at best Ccowboys team) they sure didn’t deserve that spread, did they?

  9. Tom Brady intentionally grounded the ball. Just because a wide receiver runs the wrong route does not mean Brady can throw it away deep while he is in the pocket. That is the rule….

    Then the offensive pass interference happens on the next play to top it all off. I’m not sure what the ref was looking at.

    The Bucs were just gifted a win.

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